Rogers launches cheap European roaming plan

Use your plan abroad for $10/day with “Roam Like Home”

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Rogers extends Roam Like Home to Europe (Andy Smith/Getty Images)

Rogers extends Roam Like Home to Europe (Andy Smith/Getty Images)

Canadians travelling in Europe can now access their regular mobile talk, text and data plans while roaming abroad for a $10 per day fee.

A new “Roam Like Home” plan was unveiled by Rogers (which owns MoneySense) on Friday. It allows customers to use their mobile devices in 35 European countries using the same plans—with the same charges—they normally use at home. The service is provided for a flat daily fee, as opposed to paying per megabyte (MB) or going through the process of buying a travel pack on top of an existing Canadian bundle.

The roaming service is available only to Rogers’ Share Everything plan members and costs $10 per day for up to 10 days, or a maximum of $100 per month. In other words back-packers, taking extensive holidays will only pay $100 on top of their regular plan costs to roam for an entire month starting April 15 in eligible countries.

Calls and texts to local numbers in the country they’re visiting or back to Canada are included and no long distance charges apply for those calls.

The U.S. “Rome Like Home” option, first introduced back in November, will remain at $5 per day or a maximum of $50 extra per month. Over the past six months, more than million customers have enrolled to use the service, according to a Rogers press release.

“They are now using their phone in the U.S. just like they would at home,” said Guy Laurence, CEO of Rogers. “Given how much customers love Roam Like Home in the U.S. it made sense to expand it so now our customers can use it in over 35 European countries.”

A typical European travel pack including up to 500 MB of Internet usage and 200 talk minutes costs roughly $95 per month but also comes with hefty overage charges to the tune of $20 per 20 MB, so “Roam Like Home” could offer substantial savings to some business travellers and vacationers.

Share Everything plan members can opt into the service once, by texting the word “travel” to 222. Every time they cross the border after that, “Roam Like Home” will kick in automatically.

 

5 comments on “Rogers launches cheap European roaming plan

  1. This doesn’t really seem like a viable solution to the issue with backpackers in europe as is quoted above. As a backpacker and traveller the far cheaper option is to unlock your phone from your home countries carrier and just grab a sim card from the airport and you’re on your way. Costs nothing close to teh $100 a month.

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  2. I appreciate MoneySense alerting its readers to money-saving opportunities. However, this article feels like it should have “Advertisement” printed at the top. To your credit (or whether required by law, I don’t know for sure), you did note that MoneySense is owned by Rogers.

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  3. A far cheaper option for most would be to unlock their phone (often $50 one time fee from the carrier or cheaper elsewhere), and then buy a SIM card wherever you are traveling. Almost anywhere in the world will have cheap prepaid options for far less than you pay at home, often $10 is all you need for a month’s travel.

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  4. unlock, grab sim card for fracture of rogers cost or buy mobile WiFi stick for 30$ (prices in France, Germany, Poland) with 5GB data. After that, you just need to pay 10$ for extra 50GB of data. There is no such option at Rogers, they want you to sign 2 years contract or pay 170$ for month to month. That money would be enough for 1 year of Internet in Europe. Get with the program Rogers!!!!!

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  5. Total ripoff! Get real Rogers. Simply buy a simcard in the country you visit ans save big bucks.

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